Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics published on January 1 updated statistics for Israel’s population and immigration trends.
The country’s present 8.793 million population grew 1.9% in 2017, similar to the previous year, both due to natural increase and external immigration.
Some 6.55 million – 74.6% of the population – are Jewish, while some 1.83 million – 20.9% of the population – are Arabs. The remaining 4.5%, about 400,000 people, comprises non-Arab Christians and those with no religion.
82% of the demographic increase was the result of natural growth (births over deaths). Some 180,000 babies were born in Israel in 2017, 73.8% of them Jewish and 23.3% of them Arab. About 44,000 people died in Israel during the year.
The 18% growth derived from immigration, Some 27,000 people made aliyah in 2017, and 10,000 immigrated to Israel through other frameworks. Most of the olim came from Russia (27.1%), Ukraine (25.5%), France (13%) and the United States (9.8%). In real numbers, this means 20,200 came from Europe, 4,200 from North and South America and Australia, 1,400 from Asia and 1,200 from Africa.
The report also mentions that another 8000 Israelis left for over a year in the past year, which other news reports claim are mostly young Israelis.
The facts show that while young Israelis are leaving the country in significant numbers, most of those making aliya are people living in dangerous or economically unstable countries rather than those coming to Israel out of idealism. If we would issue a report card to the State for its attractiveness, they wouldn't get a good Mark.